Handicap Access by- Heather M. Nemec, Architect

Handicap Access
 
A short while ago ADA (American Disability Act) updated, and dimensions that have been standard for a while have changed. That information is available online or through design professionals.
When a new commercial building is designed, it must be handicap accessible. When a building changes use, or has a notable modification or renovation, then it is also required to become uniformly handicap accessible.
It is am an important distinction that the ENTIRE building does not need to be ADA compliant, but EVERY SERVICE OR ACTIVITY that takes place in the building must be equally accessible to all. For example, a dental office must provide facility to service a disabled CLIENT as well as provide a work area for a disabled EMPLOYEE. If it is a multi-story building that does not have an elevator or lift to the second floor, then every service or function that is on the second floor MUST be available on the main floor.
The are also exceptions for hardships in existing building that cannot be made ADA compliant without extraordinary efforts. Some property may not have enough space to build a needed ramp or lift to the entrance. In these circumstances, alternate expenditure to assist in providing service can be submitted for approval. Perhaps curb side service can be considered? Every case is different.
Remember to consider all people that need to use the building and spaces we build. The world belongs to all of us.
Heather M. Nemec, Architect
Architectural Sales
hnemec@felbersbuildingsupply.com
Felber’s Building Supply
5555 Transit Road
Williamsville, New York 14221
(716) 688-5517 Office
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2018-10-15T15:28:33-04:00 Business Management, Safety|Comments Off on Handicap Access by- Heather M. Nemec, Architect

Help Spread Ladder Safety Awareness in March

Help Spread Ladder Safety Awareness in March

The American Ladder Institute (ALI)’s second annual National Ladder Safety Month is well underway.

All through the month of March, ALI has been promoting ladder safety by providing a number of helpful resources that everyone can use for free. The goal: Bring more attention to the dangers of improper ladder use and how easily ladder-related injuries and fatalities can be prevented with simple, straightforward training.

National Ladder Safety Month has also been featured on consumer shows: Short videos outlined the top five misuses of ladders and some suggestions on how to avoid these mistakes, including the Daytime TV video above.

“When you look at the number of ladder-related injuries and deaths that occur every year, it’s very clear why we are working to increase ladder safety awareness,” said Dave Plotner, an ALI board member and vice president of engineering at Werner Co.

“Consumers need to know that even though they may use ladders for an easy everyday task, they could be at risk of serious injury without proper training. The American Ladder Institute has a large offering of free resources to help keep you safe, and that’s what this month is all about.”

Werner Co. is the Top Cap sponsor of the 2018 National Ladder Safety Month.

Home builders, developers and remodelers are encouraged to participate in National Ladder Safety Month by taking simple steps like hanging a ladder safety checklist in their workplaces, completing ALI’s free Ladder Safety Training, viewing the Ladders 101 web page and downloading ladder safety posters from ALI’s website.

You can also read the National Ladder Safety Month marketing guide for some suggestions on how to both participate and spread the word of your participation in this important month.

Throughout the four weeks of March, ALI is placing a special focus on ladder safety by first defining the issue and then focusing on company leadership opportunities. This week, ALI focuses on the the employee, and from March 18-31  will focus on ladder inspection and disposal.

Learn more how you can participate by visiting www.laddersafetymonth.com.

2018-03-16T13:34:33-04:00 Business Management, Safety|Comments Off on Help Spread Ladder Safety Awareness in March